Lazarus Is Dead

Richard Beard (Author)
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Description

This story of Jesus's childhood best friend is "a thrilling meta-novel" and one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of the Year (Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette).

Like most successful men in their early thirties, Lazarus has plans that don't involve dying. He is busy organizing his sisters, his business, and his women. Life is mostly good until far away in Galilee, without warning, his childhood best friend, Jesus, turns water into wine. Immediately, Lazarus falls ill. And with each subsequent miracle his health deteriorates: a nasty cough develops into an alarming array of afflictions unresponsive to the usual remedies.
His sisters think Jesus can help, but the two men haven't spoken for years. Lazarus is willing to try anything to make himself well, anything, that is, except ask Jesus for help. Lazarus dies. Jesus weeps. Lazarus rises. This part we all know. But Lazarus is about to discover that returning from the dead isn't easy at all . . .
An ingeniously funny and moving novel disguised as biography, Lazarus Is Dead recounts the story of a great friendship lost and regained that unabashedly turns convention on its head. Richard Beard draws on biblical sources, historical detail, art, and contemporary literature to cast a spell that remains unbroken until the final pages of this story about second chances.

"Beard's take on Lazarus is nothing less than astonishing--and he respects the reader by taking religion and religious questions seriously."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Thoroughly entertaining . . . a brilliant, genre-bending retelling and subversion of one of the oldest, most sensational stories in the western canon."--Sunday Business Post (Ireland)

"Clever and original . . . keeps the reader guessing until the death--and beyond."--The Financial Times

Product Details

Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Europa Editions
Publish Date
September 25, 2012
Pages
228
Dimensions
5.3 X 0.8 X 8.2 inches | 0.65 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781609450809
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About the Author

Richard Beard is the author of four novels, including Damascus (Arcade, 1999), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Dry Bones (Secker & Warburg, 2004). He has written three works of non-fiction, and is the Director of the National Academy of Writing in London.

Reviews

"Beard's take on Lazarus is nothing less than astonishing--and he respects the reader by taking religion and religious questions seriously."--- Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
""Lazarus is Dead" is a thrilling meta-novel. Richard Beard informs, provokes and always entertains." --Maria Semple, author of "Where'd You Go, Bernadette"
"Funny, smart, scary, sad-- and above all, completely convincing. Maybe not the way it was, but the way it must have been." --Ben Loory, author of "Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day"
"A fascinating mixture of fiction and academic essay...using biblical sources and other, less orthodox ones, Beard weaves a compelling tale portrait of first-century Israel, of Jerusalem with its factions and sects, and of Jesus, Lazarus's enigmatic friend, as he makes his journey towards the Cross"--- Catholic Herald
Praise for Lazarus Is Dead
"Richard Beard is one of the most ingenious, resourceful and entertaining novelists in England."
--Philip Hensher
"Lazarus Is Dead is a thrilling meta-novel. Richard Beard informs, provokes and always entertains."
--Maria Smple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette
"A thoroughly entertaining elaboration of Lazarus's miraculous life. Lazarus Is Dead is no ordinary novel: it is a brilliant, genre bending retelling and subversion of one of the oldest, most sensational stories in the western canon."
--Sara Keating, Sunday Business Post (Ireland)
"This clever and original book keeps the reader guessing until the death--and beyond."
--The Financial Times
"Beard can stir emotion quickly and simply... His essayistic digressions temper the mythic luminosity of his subject, contributing to the poignance of his imagined 'biography'."
--Laurence Scott, The Times Literary Supplement
Praise for Lazarus Is Dead
-Richard Beard is one of the most ingenious, resourceful and entertaining novelists in England.-
--Philip Hensher
-Lazarus Is Dead is a thrilling meta-novel. Richard Beard informs, provokes and always entertains.-
--Maria Smple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette
-A thoroughly entertaining elaboration of Lazarus's miraculous life. Lazarus Is Dead is no ordinary novel: it is a brilliant, genre bending retelling and subversion of one of the oldest, most sensational stories in the western canon.-
--Sara Keating, Sunday Business Post (Ireland)
-This clever and original book keeps the reader guessing until the death--and beyond.-
--The Financial Times
-Beard can stir emotion quickly and simply... His essayistic digressions temper the mythic luminosity of his subject, contributing to the poignance of his imagined 'biography'.-
--Laurence Scott, The Times Literary Supplement
Praise for Lazarus Is Dead

"Richard Beard is one of the most ingenious, resourceful and entertaining novelists in England."
--Philip Hensher

"Lazarus Is Dead is a thrilling meta-novel. Richard Beard informs, provokes and always entertains."
--Maria Smple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

"A thoroughly entertaining elaboration of Lazarus's miraculous life. Lazarus Is Dead is no ordinary novel: it is a brilliant, genre bending retelling and subversion of one of the oldest, most sensational stories in the western canon."
--Sara Keating, Sunday Business Post (Ireland)

"This clever and original book keeps the reader guessing until the death--and beyond."
--The Financial Times

"Beard can stir emotion quickly and simply... His essayistic digressions temper the mythic luminosity of his subject, contributing to the poignance of his imagined 'biography'."
--Laurence Scott, The Times Literary Supplement